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Chargers vs Broncos: Keys to victory Week 5 against AFC West rival

DENVER, COLORADO - DECEMBER 30: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers plays the Denver Broncos at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on December 30, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, COLORADO - DECEMBER 30: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers plays the Denver Broncos at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on December 30, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /
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MIAMI, FL – SEPTEMBER 29: Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers rushes the football during the fourth quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL – SEPTEMBER 29: Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers rushes the football during the fourth quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images) /

Chargers key to victory No. 2: Run the ball to protect your players

The Chargers have a list of injuries that would break most NFL teams, and in some ways, it’s even broken the Chargers. This team is 4-0 with a healthy squad; unfortunately, that’s not how the NFL works.

So here’s what they should to do not only win the game, but protect their players along with it.

Guess who gives up the third-most rushing yards per game? It’s the Broncos, who give up almost 50 yards per game than the Chargers; though, they did have the Bears, Packers, and Jaguars over their last three games, three teams who are capable of running the football.

But it’s more than just attacking a weakness: It’s protecting the players. Save Rivers for a duel with Aaron Rodgers. Give the struggling tackles a break in pass protection. Don’t leave Keenan Allen out there to get hit too many times. And above all, let the defense relax on the sidelines.

Let the offensive line move forward and march down the field running the football. Something tells me Melvin Gordon wants to silence any critics early and often, and will be running fairly angry as he hopes to get the contract he feels he deserves.

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